To Top

Durian without the ‘umay’

Durian – that thorny fruit long described as something that “smells like hell but tastes like heaven” – remains very divisive. That is, you either hate it or you like (even love) it. That it is pungent is a given (Heck, hotels bar its guests from bringing durian inside their premises solely because of the smell!); but that it is also exotically tasteful explains why so many adore the fruit. 

A little known fact (particularly for those outside durian-eating areas) is that there is a “solution” to the “hate the smell, like the taste” issue. And that’s Cecil’s durian roll.

To start, particularly if you’re from Davao, you’d be familiar with Cecil’s. It’s that eatery cum pastry place cum events venue that’s been there for what seems like forever. Rumor has it that the owners had some issues; but – truth be told – that’s theirs to resolve. For us diners, the biggest concern is basically whether the food remains as good as before.

This, then, leads to the durian roll, a seasonal offering of Cecil’s that remain – in one word – yummy.

To start, it’s really just a local version of the roll cake, though this one has durian filling.

As roll cakes go, this is – thankfully – soft/fluffy.

And the durian filling (add the durian coating) is just enough to make you taste its durian-ness, and not overwhelm the palate. So you get over that “umay” (that sense of having had enough of something, including of food) and actually be able to enjoy the durian (or at least the durian flavor).

Selling for P45 per slice, this doesn’t cost much to satisfy that durian craving OR give durian another go (for those who still hate it). Try with brewed coffee.

There are Cecil’s branches at:

  • 198 Anda Street, 3-A Poblacion, Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Gaisano Mall, Davao City
  • Iñigo St, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Centerpoint Plaza, Matina Pangi Road, Matina, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
  • Davao City Damosa Gateway, Mamay Road, Lanang, Davao City
  • Gen Malvar, Davao City.

durian roll2
durian roll3

Related Post

Davao’s Torres Street as durian heaven…... The durian season takes place from August to October - at least "usually", with these months recognized as the period when the trees bear most fruits....
All roads lead to Davao City for ‘festival of fest... The annual Kadayawan of Davao City eyes to host its biggest ever festival to showcase why it is dubbed as the country’s “festival of festivals”. Ka...
Jopay of Davao: Empower the differently-abled Many – if not most – people from the Hearing community tend to look at members of the Deaf community as having “impairment”; after all, referring to d...
5 Things to do when in Pearl Farm Yeah... for as long as Davao City was being "sold" as a major tourist destination, we've been hearing about Pearl Farm Beach Resort (perhaps in the sa...
Cassava cake vendor in Davao City: ‘Teach yo... He has been selling "kakanin" (snack food), particularly mini-cakes made from shaved cassavas, for over 10 years now. "Balhin-balhin ra ug puwesto (I ...
DPWH-XI eyes infra projects in Davao City The Department of Public Works and Highways-XI is eyeing major road and drainage projects in Davao City which aims to alleviate traffic and mitigate f...
A driver in Davao: Heed your parents He's been driving cabs for years now, traversing the streets of Davao City to make a living. He said it isn't at all bad, as he makes a living while m...
The world’s worst chicken ever is in Davao City – ... Reverse psychology. Of course that’s what this place in Davao City is trying to achieve with its very name; over-stating the “bad” if only to make you...

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Eating Out